Yesterday the Fashion Law Institute celebrated its third anniversary with a showcase at Lincoln Center; the show featured six designers hand-picked by the Institute for their talent. But there was one designer who stood out from the rest: Eden Miller of Cabiria, which just officially became the first plus size line to show at New York Fashion Week.
From the women who came dressed in Cabiria–including the gorgeous model Emme and Madison Plus Select founder Aimee Cheshire–to the major media outlets present, the spotlight was definitely on Miller. She was, after all, making history. It’s a lot of hype that Miller didn’t expect.
“When I first got the invite [to show with the Fashion Law Institute], I thought that I was going to have to fight to not be ignored,” she confessed to me after the show. “Then all of a sudden it made a big bang. That’s thrilling to me.”
Miller presented a total of six looks yesterday. It’s immediately obvious that she prefers a vintage feel, as everything from the cuts of the garments to the prints–including one she says is “Flintstones meets Atari”–recalled a bygone era. “It was all about making me happy,” she says of her inspiration with a laugh. “It’s all about pattern mash-ups and mixing.”
What’s particularly great about Miller is that she doesn’t shy away from the bold prints and slinky fabrics that plus women are typically warned against. That’s not to say she doesn’t have style rules–”I think if you’re a bigger body, the print should be scaled up; it’s too twee to have a tiny pattern on a bigger girl,” she advises–but she’s not afraid to have fun with color.
That being said, the line could definitely use some streamlining; though she clearly has mastered prints, a few solid-colored pieces would have helped highlight her incredible tailoring, which got a bit lost in the mix. Still, it was an exciting first offer that makes you wonder what Miller could do with six months and a full Cabiria runway next season (for which many fingers were crossed!).
But for once, the clothes weren’t necessarily the most important part of the show. After hearing a gaggle of women–all dressed in Cabiria–chatting and laughing pre-show, a French journalist nearby leaned in to interrupt.
“Excuse me, ladies,” she said politely, “I couldn’t help but hear you all, and it’s so nice to actually hear joy at a fashion show.”
And if that’s what Miller achieved–making plus women feel welcome and happy at fashion week–she can consider her line a success.